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bigg and that has to happen before victims. continue their work. ting ang the biggest challenges o oe, conducting a compassionate getrch for the victims and simultaneously conducting a arges.al investigation. the man who operated this warehouse has been the target of a lot of criticism. area's face several felony us from tonight, he talks to us along with his wife, be one-on-one. nbc bay area's jodi hernandez ==jan us from the scene. and jodi, what's his response to all of this? >> reporter: raj, he says he is absolutely devastated. he and his wife sat down with us briefly this morning. they say they have been too upset to talk about what happened, until now, and they say there is nothing more important than the lives that have been lost. >> we're sorry to the families. and all of the friends lost, loved we understand. >> derek and his wife, mica, say they're absolutely grieve stricken by the fire that struck
their home and their friends. >> i would gladly give my entire life of fortune, wealth and experience, again and again and i say this to you camera. >> reporter: he is the lease holder of the converted warehouse that caught fire, killing at least 36 people who gathered there for a dance party. he says he didn't organize or attend the event which he describes as a fusion of art and culture. he decided to rent a hotel for his wife and three children. >> i didn't know anything about this event. okay, i'm going to get a hotel, you guys. because my kids -- i'm exhausted. my kids have school. >> reporter: the city says the space wasn't permitted as a residential building. but he says about 20 people lived there. he says it was a collective of young artists called sacha uga
and he was like the grandfather. >> it was creativity, beauty, optimi optimism. >> reporter: he says police had been in and out of the building through the past few years to respond to concerns of people who lived there. >> they would come in and walk through our space and always say, wow, what an amazing space. >> reporter: now, the couple says they are fully cooperating with investigators. in fact, almenna was interviewed extensively and they say they will continue to cooperate and are offering their hearts to the victims. from orter: reporting live, ouse,hernandez, nbc bay area still >> thank you so much. >> another look from our helicopter live over the arehouse, which is still the e fromf a lot of activity. nearly three days after this fire broke out. whd this is the scene from the ground. the remains of the warehouse are heled by that bright white
sight at the center of the screen. generators are providing that ==jht to help crews work all day and all night. is is a 24/7 recovery operation. now one of the biggest questions as this grim recovery work continues is whether anyone could face criminal charges. te alameda county district attorney offered answers today we're live with that part of the story. elyce. >> reporter: today we heard for the first time from the district attorney. he told us whoever is responsible for starting this deadly fire could face charges ranging from murder to manslaughter. meanwhile, fire responders have been working around the clock here. i want to show a live look right now of the scene, which is being called a crime scene now. last night when i was here about 40% of the warehouse had been accessed by first responders. tonight that number has jumped to 70%, be even though authorities have gained ground here, they are still struggling to access two areas of the building.
and take a look why. just about an hour ago, newly released photos show how much rubble first responders have had to sift through. nearly 72 hours into the recovery efforts, this afternoon cranes were brought in to help go through the wreckage adds the thousand-square-foot warehouse which is being called a crime scene. the death total has risen to 36, including the son of an alameda sheriff's deputy, making the working even more personal. and for the first time, we are hearing from the alameda county district attorney. he said the team of investigators are removing evidence, piece by piece, to determine what caused the deadliest fire in the city's history. >> i haven't seen a case of this magnitude in terms of this tragedy of so many people dying as a result of a fire or any
other crimes. and that alone makes it an enormous case with a enormous amount of responsibility that we have undertaken to make sure we're doing everything exactly the way we should. >> reporter: and as investigators try to determine the cause of this deadly fire, all day we have also seen loved ones and friends of those still missing braced for the inevitable bringing flowers and lighting candles at the site of a growing make shift memorial not far from the scene. authorities say there are still 50 people that may have been inside when the flames engulfed the oakland warehouse. but still have not been accounted for. right now you are taking a live look of the crane out here helping first responders to access all of the warehouse here. there is so much to uncover still, and we have also learned that there are victims from around the world, including finla finland, korea and south america. lookow, reporting live in
staircd, elyce kirchner, nbc bay area news. >> we are also getting a look at one of the most controversial parts of the ghost ship, the ut on ift staircase created with pallets. this photo was taken and the daughterere, quote, hard to navigate, and you can easily e.ss a step or two and hurt yourself. the property owner's daughter has refuted claims of the staircase but we learned of blether standard staircase, but se wasses tell us it was often blocked off for parties and used first cables instead. that would mean this makeshift uthorcase was the only way for eople to get to the first floor and exit the building. iciaas mentioned, authorities have identified 33 people who died in the warehouse. 33 of the 36. but they have only released d daugnames. they range from musicians to business people and even local
teacher. ho ownare the sons and daughters of families around the world. vesta former landlord who owned a warehouse similar to the ghost ship building says the rules are stookd against the owners. we found out how such living conditions can exist. steven. >> reporter: the former owner did not want to be identified because of legal issues. g said it took him a decade just to get out of the problems created when an artist colony nt ed into his warehouse without him giving his approval or knowing about it. ace long-time bay area resident watched the horrible images of ar ghost ship warehouse going up in flames and said he had been sick to his stomach. he says there are many houshouses around the bay area ng r like this one that have turned into living work spaces, as he called them, including his warehouse. er tays the current rules governing rent control boards
and eviction procedures are so complicated and mishmashed they a clubdict each other and owners counoften left not knowing what to do about it. >> reporter: we are in a catch-22 and we are doing this or we have this artist colony, and in our case, the gentleman actually turned it into a club. and actually had a dance floor put in. and had parties in the building. enfothe city knew about it. >> sunday we got a walking tour with noel gallo. the former warehouse owner told me both oakland and san set=cisco city officials often looked the other way when it uildinto regulating these businesses. in fact, it took nearly ten years for this owner to get inside his own building, and when he did, he found some things that could have easily
esulted in a fire, just like the one friday night. coming up at 6:00, we'll tell you what he found in his own building after all that legal fight. >> okay, stephen, we will see you at 6:00. no shortage of people who want to help. donations are pouring in for the natedms here. a san francisco-based nonprofit the arthe receiving end. 6,000 people have donated about $300,000 so far to the gray area who neeion for the arts. its executive director says it's looking to the red cross for uns dispersing this money to ndidu who need it. >> this is what they do. they're good at it. we're not going to try to reinvent the wheel. stimany other individual rampaigns are under way on t squandurcing websites. for6:00, our consumer investigator, chris, has expert advice to ensure your donation isn't squandered. for many people this was a vibrant place for artists and musicians and so many young =vople flocked here.
that includes the youngest identified victim of this untyedy, 17-year-old draven mcgill. he was a junior at the school of mark in san francisco. he was also the son of an alameda county sheriff's deputy. mark matthews was in the diamond heights neighborhood with his story. mark. >> reporter: we're just outside of the school for the arts. mcgill, i can tell you was a talented young man who had traveled the world, singing with the pacific boy choir. he appeared on "america's got talent" a couple years ago and his classmates tell me he loved music and being with his friends. draven mcgill was 17 and loved music. ♪ he sang with the pacific boy choir. he sang with the choir at his high school. >> that kid was all smiles. he always wanted to -- he was always looking for a good time. he was ready to hang out with friends and go out. >> reporter: the student body
president was his choir mate and camp mate for two years. >> he would look over and give me this look, and i mean, like, it would just bring a smile to your face. >> reporter: mcgill went to middle school at the boy chair acade academy where the director knew him well. >> draven was the kindest and gentle evident person you could meet. >> reporter: rather than just sit with nothing to do, fox says mcgill made this video. >> he made what would have been something fun and funny. and he just found it something positive and something creative. out of nothing. >> reporter: he is one who has iona his friends heartsick over his death. >> thank you. mins heart warming to hear
stories of these victims. kland.verage continues now on a national level, and about 20 minutes, kate snow will anchor "nbc nightly news" from oakland. s saidcal crews will also remain onsite. the ra weather is also impacting inis recovery and condition. they are securing the warehouse and storm drains before the rain comes in. let's bring in jeff ranieri with the latest on the forecast. >> we are seeing a strong stream of moisture developing near hawaii, stretching parallel to california. the way we see it right now, we'll begun to see rainfall developing just offslowhore by 0 p.m. and by wednesday afternoon and also into the evening. we'll push this time line out. he forecast at 5:20. >> thanks, jeff. an elementary teacher was among those killed in the oakland fire, and coming up, hear how her class honored her
even begun to sort out potential suspects or charges, which could range from code violations to murder. tonight, thousands of people are expected to gather lake merit for a candlelight vigil. they will honor a school teacher from walnut creek. michelle roberts shares the story of sara hoda. >> reporter: they will be honoring those killed, including 30-year-old sarah hoda. she was a teacher in east oakland. her family came to school today and students presented cards and shared stories. the director wants to create a safe space for all students to cope with this horrendous loss. >> this is tragic, and a lot of our students go through many traumas throughout their lives, and what we really try to do is
be consistent so that they know what to expect from their school, from their teachers. they know what the routines are, so they can try to really just get back to normalcy. >> reporter: the director also said every teacher showed up to school today and the teachers were planning a private memorial tonight. but here at lake merit, there will be a public memorial from 8:00 until 10:00. they're asking you leave the lighters at home and instead bring a flashlight or glow stick. reporting live in oakland, michelle roberts, nbc bay area news. >> michelle, thank you. we want to add, our website is a very good source for the latest information about this recovery and investigation. we have posted a list of the vigils planned this week across the bay area, also how you can donate. that's at nbcbayarea.com. another bold heist at an apple store but this time the suspects didn't all get away. they used an suv to ram into the downtown palo alto store, the
vehicle now evidence. damian trujillo is at the store with more. >> reporter: burglars hit another apple store, this one here in downtown aloe alto. is it a crew hitting all of the stores. >> today three plain-clothed security guards caught the crew. this was a small suv used at the heist as a way to break in. >> the force of the collision forced a small hole for people to crawl through. >> reporter: police say the suv was a rental and now sits at police headquarters where investigators are processing it for evidence. officers arrested two juveniles and two adults. 19-year-old ferguson and 18-year-old erica white. investigators say more suspects are out there. >> about eight to ten people after the car collided with the glass were able to crawl through the hole, go into the apple store and basically help
themselves to the electronics there. >> at the time, just wondering why the road was closed. i thought maybe they were filming something. >> reporter: police did find some of the stroll en electronics. there are a series of thefts from apple stores around the bay. this is surveillance video from san francisco last month as thieves robbed an apple store. there was a similar burglary last week. >>ing overnight burglars like this, especially this time of year, they're not necessarily that uncommon, unfortunately. >> reporter: police have not tied the palo alto suspects to any of the other robberies. these prevent this sort of thing from happening and cars from slamming into the front of the apple store here. it seems the suspect went around and crashed right into this wall. several suspects are now still at large. >> okay, damian, reporting from the downtown palo alto apple store. >> let's bring in our chief meteorologist, jeff ranieri. and things are changing in the
sky right now. >> we do have the return of rainfall coming back into the bay area, of course. we have your full time line right now. that's what i want to start with. kind of an overview of this big change in our weather this week. and that's this storm system we'll find just offshore that meets up with quite a bit of southerly moisture. it looks like wednesday evening into friday we could find continuing rainfall. my time line, in less than two minutes. i want to get us to the current conditions in san jose. currently, 54 degrees. we have areas of mostly cloudy skies. we'll keep the cloud cover through tomorrow morning, and we will have temperatures dropping down to the 40s. let's get you into the morning forecast. you can see across the south bay we'll go as low as 41 degrees. peninsula, 43, and 39 for the tri valley. for the north bay, also temperatures dropping into the 30s. but this is where we could see some areas of drizzle and also fog mixing in. san francisco, 44 degrees.
and the east bay expecting 42. let's get you into the microclimate forecast as we head throughout tuesday. we don't have any rainfall in the mix, but more of a partly sunny to mostly cloudy sky and just weather staying in place. check this out. just 56 in morgan hill and 58 in san jose. not much of a change here for the east bay. widespread, mid to upper 50s for the peninsula. palo alto 57. daly city, 55. winds out of the northwest at 13. near the embacadero 44 degrees. and 55 in mill valley to 58 in sonoma. now let's push things ahead towards the big change, which is rainfall returning. by 2:00 p.m. on wednesday, we do expect a storm system to start to move closer with really accumulating widespread rainfall by 11:00 p.m. on wednesday. and here's the thing that we're looking at that's going to make this storm system so different.
from 11:00 p.m. on wednesday, right through thursday morning, and then continuing not only into thursday morning, but possibly into thursday evening, we'll find rainfall that could be widespread and potentially nonstop. we may not really see it break up until friday morning's forecast. so that's how we're getting to this estimated rainfall total of 1 to 2 inches. i don't see any major river flooding with this wet weather as it moves in, but we'll have to watch out for isolated urban flooding on thursday and friday, which means any local street gutters, storm drains that haven't been cleared out, we could see some isolated flooding on the roadways and for the inland valleys, jacket weather all week with the wettest days on thursday and friday. >> thank you, jeff. >> we'll be right back. and trending on our twitter
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>> scott budman is with us. we're still searching for answers in all of this. >> you're right. social media has been that for many during this ordeal. facebook not only turned on its safety check but allowed people to remember family and friends, people commission rating about those now gone. the fire getting international attention, people weighing in with condolences. president obama sending thoughts about what local families are going through. >> today is the day that more than two dozen families are going to learn of the loved ones loved. today is the day that more than two dozen families are going to start an entirely new life. for them, this is day one of this incident. >> we have also a way for people to donate. this site is called youcaring.com, and raised money. at last check, more than
$300,000. lots of fund-raising also coming from local sports teams, the raiders, a's and warriors all contributing tens of thousands of dollars to the relief effort. back to you. >> okay, scott, thank you. a lot of nice comments, including from president obama who said oakland is one of the most diverse and creative areas in the country. >> a lot of people reaching out. we'll be right back.
another look of our nbc helicopter over the oakland ghost ship warehouse. the scene of the deadliest fire in city history. what we know so far, 36 bodies have been recovered. now, most of the work stopped during the day. there is some work going on right now, because they're securing the building deemed unsafe so they can finish working and recovering the remainder of the debris and possible bodies inside. 75% of the building has been gone through by crews and fighters. >> what you're looking is live pictures from our chopper. we have seen this sporadically from the last 48 hours. crews accessing the roof. this is actually a good sign for them to be back on the roof. that means the recovery has started once again. they're going to work there through the night. it's also impacting the neighborhood. 31st and international.
so small businesses shut down because of this tragedy. we'll keep our crews onsite and check back with you later tonight. >> see you at 6:00. tonight, nbc news exclusive. at the scene of a growing tragedy in oakland. the first in-depth interview with the man who ran the warehouse, where dozens died in an inferno. hung jury. breaking news in the trial of a police officer seen on video fatally shooting an unarmed motorist in the back. dangerous hoax. inside the fake internet news story that led a gunman to open fire at a pizza shop. how a wild conspiracy theory spread, with help even from president-elect trump's national security adviser. a better night's sleep. news for millions plagued by tossing and turning. what people are doing at home to catch more zs without trips to the doctor. and a hero's welcome for a pearl harbor survivor, now 104,